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President's Report— 1982 


Junior College 

Historical Legislation 

Enabling Legislation 

The creation, establishment, maintenance and operation of junior colleges is hereby 
authorized. They shall offer to students, who have completed not less than 15 high school units, 
courses correlated to those of senior colleges or professional schools, and they shall offer 
education and training preparatory for occupations such as agriculture, industry, business, 
homemaking, and for other occupations on the semi-professional and vocational-technical level. 
They may offer courses and services to students regardless of their previous educational 
attainment or further academic plans. 

In addition to the foregoing the junior colleges shall provide, through courses or other 
acceptable educational measures, the general education necessary to individuals and groups 
which will tend to make them capable of living satisfactory lives consistent with the ideals of a 
democratic society. 

Meeting of Trustees of A.H.S. — June 8, 1949 

The Board of Trustees of the Coahoma County Agricultural High School held a meeting on 
the above date with the following members present: Cauley C. Williams, J. P. Fisher, Harris 
Barnes, Jr., and Frank D. Robinson. 

After considerable discussion it was ordered by the Board that the thirteenth year of work be 
added for this session and that the fourteenth year of work be added for the 1950-51 session if 
practicable. It was also ordered that the name of the institution should be changed to Coahoma 
Junior College and Agricultural High School. 

It was further ordered that the sum of $4000 should be expended for the purpose of building a 
combination auditorium and gymnasium, these funds to be supplemented by private 
subscription and other sources. It was further ordered that the Board of Supervisors be 
requested to make a loan of $6,000 for the purpose of paying teachers' salaries and other 
operating expenses in anticipation of taxes, this loan to be made sometime after July 1, 1949. 

There being no further business the meeting adjourned. 

President's Message 

McKinlev C. Martin, Phd. 

The year 1982 represented a period in the 
history of our nation of self renewal and 
reductions in the rate of business and 
industrial growth. Further, communities 
throughout the nation engaged in self 
assessment programs designed to maximize 
the impact of local resources on the quality of 
life of their residents. Still, other communit- 
ies and municipal governments found them- 
selves deadlocked in a battle for survival. 

As President of Coahoma Junior College, I 
observed many of the trends for 1982 
affecting communities served by the College. 
Having made note of my observations 
regarding 1982, and to say that it was a good 
year would sound unbelievable; yet, I must 
say that Coahoma Junior College during 1982 
faired well. 

In 1980, the College embarked on a plan of 
managerial revitalization which enabled it to 
withstand many of the devastating blows that 
retarded growth in our country. 

Recognizing that the principle role of a 
junior college is to serve those citizens within 
its community, as early as 1980 our course of 
action was clear. We established goals of 
service to our community and have followed 
them to date. The results of the plan of action 
taken are reported herein. 

The activities of the year were most 
gratifying as I attended a reception at the 
home of Vice President George Bush and a 
Black College Day program at the White 
House where President Ronald Reagan add- 
ressed Black College Presidents. During the 
year I received five individual awards: 

Band Support from the students and band 

The Vernon Dahmer Award from the 
NAACP for Outstanding Contributions to 
the Service of Children and Elderly 
The Person of the Month Award from the 
Perculator Club of the Chamber of 
Commerce and Industrial Foundation 
Boy Scouts of America President's Club for 
Outstanding Contribution (fiscal and 
service) to the area Scouting Program 
Outstanding contribution to City of Jones- 
town from the Mayor and Board ,of 
Thus one can only say thank you to those 
members of our Board of Trustees, commun- 
ity, alumni, students and faculty for your 
support in helping us to better serve the 
needs of our community. 



Board Members Honored 

(Clockwise from upper left) 

Dr. Martin presents Marvin Sigmon 25 year Service 

Appreciation Plaque. 

Dr. Martin dedicates yearbook to Mr. Sigmon. 

Board president Marvin Sigmon awards Service 

Plaque to retiring members Malcolm Commer, Sr., 

and (lower left) Harold Simmons. 

Marvin Sigmon reads plaque at dinner attended by 

college staff, board members, and local elected 



Community Involvement 

A New and More Deliberate Liaison With Industry, 
Feeder Schools, and Transfer Institutions." 

In acknowledging the fact that before an institution can fully serve its clients it must 
understand them and know their needs, Coahoma entered the business and industrial 
communities in search of a partnership. 

To better understand the community and its needs, College administrators sought and were 
granted involvement in the business sector through the Chamber of Commerce and Industrial 
Foundation. As a result of more than two years of service, the President of the College was 
elected to boards of both entities. It was with the acquisition of board level involvement that the 
College formed a bond with the business community. Through the new partnership 
arrangement, the resources of the College were made available to assist the business 
community in solving the economic problemsof the general community. 

Through mutual sharing, the College and business sector engaged in its first joint venture, 
the development of business and industry promotional presentations. For the first time in the 
history of the College and its community, business and education formed an alliance to improve 
the overall quality of life for residents in the Northwest Delta Region. Although the new 
partnership is in its infancy stage, the College expresses its full commitment to a long and 
productive relationship. 

As business and education continue to work together to resolve the economic and educational 
problems of the region, the College in addition to serving its traditional public has sought relief 
for those persons seeking a quality education through efforts in acquiring federally sponsored 
programs. Sixty women who are primarily heads of households are enrolled in a career 
enrichment program that is designed to upgrade and train women in non-traditional careers. 


In recognition of the overwhelming odds that students face in adjusting to our rapidly 
changing environment, Coahoma-in providing academic services-approached the problem of 
adjustment with a multilevel strategy. First, the college continued its efforts to upgrade the 
literacy level of persons seeking an education through its General Education Diploma (GED) 
and Test Awareness Program. During 1982, 813 persons were administered tests and provided 
short term services as test awareness. The testing services enabled many persons to improve 
their job opportunities through improved credentials. In addition to improving opportunities for 
upward job mobility, many students serviced by the program were able to enroll in the regular 
academic and vocational technical programs. 

Having observed the absence of or inadequacy in reading and studying skills of many 
students who enter the college from different rural settings, the college continued its special 
program in reading and study skills. Using test results as a basis for placement into the courses 
conducted in the reading and study skills lab, a total of 600 students received services in 1982. 

The general academic program of the college continued to expand during 1982. Cooperative 
relations were established with several senior colleges to provide access for graduates to a 
variety of upper division college programs. Particular emphasis was given the preprofessional 
programs. Coahoma entered discussions with Mississippi Valley State, Jackson State, 
Mississippi Delta, and Texas Southern University regarding program compatibility and credit 
transfers. Programs in law, pharmacy, and business were of primary concern in the discussions. 
As a result of program comparisons, Coahoma's programs were found to meet or exceed all 
standards and requirements for entry into upper division programs in related institutions. 

Vocational — Technical 

In addressing the needs of business and industry in the Northwest Delta Region, 
Coahoma during the 1982 calendar year offered a variety of developmental courses and 
programs. Noticeable among offerings were programs in business related technologies 
which employed an increasing amount of computer technology. Additionally, the increasing 
technology employed in farm industries served as an indication for college planners to 
pursue new offerings in farm and diesel mechanics. 

Case representatives present diesel engine. 

Expanding upon a course of improved technology for the training environments, the 
college upgraded its equipment holdings in several key areas of technology. The Drafting, 
Electronic Technology, and Secretarial Science programs and all vocational programs - 
machine shop, automotive mechanics, auto body and fender, brickmasonry, carpentry, 
farm mechanics and diesel, cosmotology and barbering, clerk cashier, air conditioning and 
refrigeration, and industrial wiring received additional equipment to enhance program 
offerings valued at nearly two-thirds of a million dollars. 

Students program computerized drill press 

Consistent with improvements in the 
aforementioned programs, enrollment in 
the vocational-technical areas increased 
by 43 percent. Technology upgrading 
was achieved through a collaborative 
effort between the college, State govern- 
ment and donations from industry. To 
enhance agri-business interests, a trac- 
tor was donated by the Case Tractor 
Company and a 1982 model automobile 
was received from General Motors to 
train our students in electronic systems 
and diesel machinery. Additional equip- 
ment was supplied by the Mississippi 
State Vocational Division of the State 
Department of Education. 

Community Involvement 

Mississippi Power and Light meets with local 
businessmen at Vo-Tech Center 

Meeting with local ministers to discuss 
building and fundraising plans. 

Department of Housing & 
Urban Development 

College gets together national and local 
officials, City Commissioner Kirney 
McNeil meets Department of Housing 
and Urban Development representative 
Bernice Williams. 


Housing and Urban [HUD] 
Development Grant 

Coahoma was awarded a pilot grant 
from the Department of Housing and 
Urban Development to provide technical 
assistance to small rural communities. 
The grant was awarded in Washington 
by HUD Secretary Samuel R. Pierce. 

The HUD grant focused on technical 
assistance for small communities in 
applying for funds available through 
HUD. Additionally, the College also 
provided support services to towns in 
aiding them in the development of their 
management operations. Coahoma re- 
ceived one of eleven grants awarded 
nationally-- the only school in the state of 
Mississippi, and the only two-year school 
in the country recognized to do this 

The towns presently served by the 
program are: Coahoma, Friars Point, 
Gunnison, and Jonestown. 

Casey Mann, HUD Representative. 

IDEA Comes to Coahoma 

Coahoma Junior College was selected as the first college in the United States to receive a 
pilot program to help women over 35 years of age prepare themselves for employment in a 
non-traditional field. Funded by the Department of Labor (Women's Bureau), the IDEA-- 
Individual Development and Entrepreneurial Activities Program--- presently serves some 
sixty women who according to national standards are considered underemployed or 

The formal announcement of the grant was made on 
October 26, 1982 by Dr. Lenora Cole Alexander, director 
of the Women's Bureau of the Department of Labor at a 
banquet hosted by Coahoma Junior College in Jackson. 
Dr. Alexander noted in making the grant announcement 
that Mrs. Clinton Wright would serve as technical 
assistance advisor in the implementation of the program. 

The IDEA program, in seeking to serve the special 
needs of its participants, provides through the college a 
day care program services for its participants. Recogniz- 
ing that many of those persons eligible to participate in 
the program are still in the child bearing and caring 
phase of their life, day care services were made an 
essential part of the program design. Through the 
provisions of Special Support Services, the college 
increased the number of program participants from the 
proposed level of 35 participants to over 60 active 


Women involved in the program are currently pursuing careers in the areas of carpentry, 
construction, masonry, welding, law enforcement, paramedic technology, industrial wiring, 
and entrepreneurial skills. In addition to those areas, women are also venturing into areas 
of drafting and electronics technology. 

Staff members and first enrollees review application forms 
for IDEA Program, the first of its type in the United States 

Student Services and Activities 

The band performes in Clarksdale at Homecoming 

Fletcher Shaw, student government president, pays 
tribute to Darlene Reddix, Miss Coahoma Junior 
College. Fletcher is an electronics major, a drum major 
in the band, and director of the Gospel Choir. Darlene is 
majoring in business and is the band's head majorette. 

The newly formed C.J.C. Gospel Choir will display talent 
as well as aid recruiting efforts 


The Student Union provides a student living room, 
recreation, and houses the Counseling Center, Financial 
Aid Office, cafeteria, and Student Services Office. 

The Pre-Alumni Club was organized in 
late 1981 and began operations during 
1982. The Club seeks to foster the image 
of the college and aids in recruiting high 
school students. On Campus the Club 
sponsors a number of student activities, 
including the monthly birthday party for 
dormitory students. 

The Band placed first in the largest of parades held in St. Louis. 

Plant and Facilities 

Housing shortages represented one of the most critical 
problems faced by the college in 1982. Efforts to acquire 
funding for a facility to house male students resulted in receipt 
of a $1,483,000 loan from the U.S. Department of Education. 
Having completed plans and the bid process, construction was 
begun in November and the projected date of occupancy was 
set for the fall semester 1983. 

In addition to the men's dormitory, the college also 
completed plans for expanding the existing vocational technical 
facility. The addition will house the newly established farm 
mechanics shop and other needed laboratories. 

Program Additions: 

Secondary Vocational 

The Intensive Business lab is the show place of the 
campus, being one of the most modern business labs for 
high school business students in the state. It is fully 
equipped with all of the traditional equipment of a 
business program including computers. 

The Special Vocational Skills Program in the high 
school is designed to give skill training to those high 
school students who are performing two grade levels 
below their present grade levels. The program will run 
six (6) hours per day and will be divided into three (3) 
two-hour blocks. 

A donation from St. Louis and an 

to the band. 


In 1982 the band participated in a 
number of parades. Each time they were 
in a competitive parade, they received 
the highest available award. The parades 
included two showings at the Mardi Gras 
in New Orleans and the Cotton Carnival 
in Memphis, and the Annie Malone 
parade in St. Louis. These superb 
performances were rendered in street 
clothing and make-shift uniforms. A 
campaign has now begun to raise 
$25,000 to purchase new uniforms, 
including rain gear. 

During the year 1982, the alumni of 
the college provided support in increas- 
ing members. In seeking to assist in the 
development of resources to fund college 
programs, the Alumni Affairs, under the 
direction of Mr. Eddie C. Smith was 
instrumental in increasing the number 
and amounts of donation from alumni 
groups, county, and industry. 

As the number and strength of alumni 
chapters continued to grow, the tra- 
ditionally supportive chapters in St. 
Louis and Chicago extended special 
support to college programs. Efforts of 
the previously mentioned chapters re- 
sulted in sponsorship of band trips to St. 
Louis to participate in the Annie Malone 
parade where the band took first place. 
The performance of the college band 
brought both recognition and credibility 
to the college and surrounding counties. 

The students aided fundraising. 

Memphis chapter makes a donation. 

From Orientation... 
To Graduation 

Clockwise from upper left. 

Vice President Charles Reid greets 


Jerome Shaw instructs parasitology class 

Dr. Martin and Mr. Reid (center of 

picture') lobby supervisors Alex Ross, 

Left, and Jim Humber. 

Computers reach the classroom. 

Cooperation with Hospital. 

Dr. Martin meets with high school 
principals to solicit help in recruiting. 

The President chats with Ms. Bernice Williams, an 
Assistant to HUD Secretary Samuel R. Pierce and Mrs. 
Ollie Melchor Robinzine, retired school administrator, 
successful business woman, and long pme loyal 
supporter of the Coahoma Junior College and Agricul- 
tural High School family. Marcia, Dr. Martin's daughter, 
looks on. 

Dr. McKinley Martin and 
Ms. Bernice Williams lead 
the graduation recessional 
following the 1982 graduation 
excercises. Also in the reces- 
sional are Board President 
Marvin Sigmon, members of 
the staff and faculty, and 
guests from throughout the 

Spring 1982 











Coahoma Junior College 

Student Enrollment 


Summer 1982 











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Coahoma Junior College 

Budget Summary 


Budget for Maintenance Support for fiscal year Ending June 30, 1983 


District Sources: 
Bolivar County 
Coahoma County 
Quitman County 
Sunflower County 
Tuition and Fees 

Total Income 

Student Services 
Physical Plant 

Total Expenditures 

Budgeted Budgeted Percent of Percent 

1981-82 1982-83 Total Change 

























































Businesses Making Donations to the CJC and AHS 

Alumni Foundation 

Piggly Wiggly 
Catfish Landing 

Kentucky Fried Chicken 
Vernon Cleaners 
Sanders Jewelry 
Phillips Record Company 
Fabric Center 
Super Q Barbeque 
Fair's Restaurant 
Jackee's Boutique 
Silver Lining 
Northside Exxon 
Union 76 Service Station 
Crystal Service Station 
Arnold's Fried Chicken 

Haggards Drug Store 
Pepsi Cola 


Murphey Beverage 

Conerly Shoe Store 

Semco Factory Outlet 

Jo Ann Shop 



Clarksdale Service Beverage Company 

Levingston Furniture 

United Southern Bank 

New Bethel Baptist Church 

Bob Bobo Insurance 

Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Towner 

Don Gillispie 

Lee Roy Gorman 

Buddy Thompson (South Central Bell) 

Cooper Tire and Rubber Company 

Mitchell Insurance Company 

Coors Distributor 

Super Soul Shop 

The $1,000 Club 

Ned Gathwright 


M. C. Martin 


Eddie C. Smith 


Mr. and Mrs. David Roach 


Lee R. Gorman 


Jo Louise Brown 


Daniel Hunt 


Rosie Robinson 


Future Project 


noi 10 scale 

Center for Non-Academic Activities